Beef prices stable despite BSE scare
BEEF prices in the country's factories appear unaffected by the recent suspect case of BSE on a Co Louth dairy farm.
Farmers and agents yesterday reported a 5c/kg rise in prices for steers and heifers offered by processors, amid tight supplies of cattle around the country.
It comes as Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney described the potential case among the rare breed Rotbunt brown and white cows as an "isolated" one for Ireland. He added that cases continue to be detected throughout Europe.
The test results on the suspect case are expected later this week. The Department of Agriculture's chief veterinary officer expects the case will prove to be the country's first case of BSE in two years.
Mr Coveney described the timing as "unfortunate" coming within days of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) giving Ireland the "all clear" for the first time in 20 years.
Bord Bia reported it was reaching out through its network of offices to more than 70 countries, including the US that put Irish beef back on the menu in January for the first time in 16 years. Chief Executive Aidan Cotter said buyers have responded calmly to the recent isolated case.